Well my background is I used to take care of a house as well as a caregivers basement which numbered 72. In total we had fifteen 1,000 watt lights going and we had a nice set up. Now I am my own caregiver allowed to grow mine and a legit patients stuff. I am allowed 24 plants, so I started with 16 and when I move them to flower I will be taking only 8 clones (1 per each strain) and when I figure out the plants I like I will determine which ones to keep. I am wanting something a lot less work, looking for a larger crop my first one and then a smaller amount on perpetual from there on out. I got my seeds, have them planted. Veg: I am running a T5 8-bulb VHO. It can run 4 bulbs or 8 bulbs, each bulb running at 96 watts and 8,000 lumens (so the box says). I used to run MH bulbs in a big room last time, but didn't want to have to set up dual exhausts and temperature control in two different rooms. I am going for the energy saver option here and with the first week I am pretty happy they seem to be doing well. Flower: Now at first I know I need 4 lights, and eventually I will need 3. So I went with the option of trying hydro farms 6 foot track light system (the chain driven system) that I got super cheap on ebay. There is only a 20 lb. limit on these smaller systems (you can get more advanced ones) but I will explain that decision later. I heard a lot of bad things about these, but I also heard a lot of good. I hooked them up to my hoods and they ran perfectly. Now at first I wanted raptor 8 inch hoods, then I walked into the store by my house (hydro giant never even heard of these when I went to check) and they are called saturn brand hoods or something like that. They are basically a huge cool tube with strictly light cheap aluminum wings you have to attach yourself. These things are super light and the 8 inch is pretty much the same size as the Raptor model 8 inch (40x30). They are not as deep as some of your standard hoods, but they seem to leave a much larger footprint of light. I figured light as can be, cover a lot of ground, if they work well on this chain system a 6 foot travel path of my lights in a 8-10 foot room there would be light all over the place. I want to try and cover 4 lights with only 2. Lumatek 1000W digital ballasts ($199 each on ebay brand new, super lumens option. Do not overpay 300-350 in grow shops PLEASE!. Plus I got free 25 dollars to spend on ebay for buying a lot of my equipment off of there). Hortilux HPS bulbs. Strains(all feminized seeds): - Ice Bomb - Bubble Bomb - Skywalker OG Kush - Tangerine Dream - Blueberry - THC Pro - Big Bud - Cinderella 99 (C99) They have been in soil for about 8 days now, and have been out of dirt for 3-5 days. Looking healthy will get pictures up soon!